Port of Blyth completes major decommissioning project

The largest oil and gas decommissioning project to date has been completed at the Port of Blyth.

Monday, 9th September 2019, 3:28 pm
Updated Friday, 13th September 2019, 10:54 pm
The Maersk Decom project at the Port of Tyne.
The Maersk Decom project at the Port of Tyne.

Port officials have been working alongside Maersk Decom, who together with Maersk Supply Service has been project managing the removal, recycling and waste management of subsea infrastructure for Perenco’s Thames field in the North Sea.

As part of the work, a number of sizeable wellheads and wellhead protection structures were delivered to Blyth.

Dismantling and downsizing of the recovered structures took place at the port’s dedicated facility at its Battleship Wharf terminal, following on from several smaller projects and the recent decommissioning of two 2-megawatt turbines owned by EON.

Located off Blyth, the turbines were the UK's first offshore wind farm and having reached the end of their technical lifespan, were the first offshore turbines in UK waters to be decommissioned earlier this year.

Martin Lawlor, Chief Executive of Port of Blyth, said: “This project was successfully completed alongside major partners in Maersk Decom and Maersk Supply Service.

“It further proves the viability of our fully licenced decom facility and thanks to our enviable mid-North Sea location gives us an opportunity to position ourselves as a major player as decommissioning in the sector ramps up.”

The Port of Blyth is regarded as one of the UK’s leading offshore energy support bases.

The designated 2.3ha decom site is licenced to handle up to 50,000 tonnes of offshore energy materials per year, with the port likely to focus on small to medium sized projects and pieces up to 4000 tonnes in response to demand.